How do you get started teaching online? What skills do you need? Are you ready to go live?
With technology becoming progressively more prevalent in all fields, the demand for online or remote teachers is ever-increasing. The number of online courses has grown exponentially over the last decade. According to Coursera, over 2 million registered students take over 3 million classes monthly.
Remote teaching is significantly different from traditional face-to-face learning. It requires specific skills. These include the ability to communicate effectively, engage learners, and adapt to changing circumstances.
1. CONNECT WITH YOUR STUDENTS
When they’re staring at a screen and uploading assignments, it’s easy for students to feel like a computer is teaching them rather than a person – and that impersonal feeling is not conducive to learning. Encourage students to interact with each other and offer input. Post a picture of yourself or a fun introductory video to remind them that you are a person, not just a group of pixels on a screen.
2. KEEP STUDENTS ENGAGED
Another excellent way to maintain a high level of teaching is to keep your students engaged in the task at hand. If they are constantly involved in the learning process, they will undoubtedly take away more from the lesson and feel more encouraged to be active in the class.
There are several ways of doing this. The most popular is using different teaching methods and tools to help your lessons be more fun and enjoyable. We will explain more on this subject later in the blog, and if you are eager to learn more methods, you can check out Blog post: 6 ways to keep students engaged in digital learning.
3. RECOGNIZE AND REWARD SUCCESS
The use of a reward system can be tremendously beneficial to your classroom experience. Students want to feel like they’ve accomplished something instead of just working away at a seemingly unimportant task. Implementing and using rewards can break the monotony of completing assignments. Share individual student successes with the class and create Certificates of Achievement to increase your students’ willingness to learn.
4. REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF USELESS INFORMATION
When creating online courses, we tend to think more links, buttons, and apps are better. But too many additional resources and tools can be distracting and overwhelming for your students. The best way to alleviate the amount of useless information and online learning aids is to have one central space where data is stored and one main app for all your school lessons.
5. CHOOSE SOFTWARE THAT EVERYONE IS COMFORTABLE WITH
If you get lost in the vast amounts of software on the web today, imagine what the students go through just to join your lessons! Picking software that everyone can get comfortable with is an essential step toward the optimal learning experience. If your students can get familiar with their software, the learning process will proceed smoothly, increasing the amount of information they absorb.
There exists a lot of good software on the market, for example, Turnitin, an originality checking and plagiarism prevention service that checks your writing for citation mistakes or inappropriate copying. Another example of great software to ensure your students are on track and keeping up with the lesson is Blocksi. Blocksi is a content filtering and screen management system that allows educators to easily view what their students are watching, enabling them to supervise students’ online behavior.
6. MOTIVATE YOUR STUDENTS
Motivating your students is also more difficult when they’re learning from home with all the distractions and temptations that come with remote learning. Set goals for your students, individually and as a class, to improve their work rate and increase their interest in the subject. Involve students in the process of setting these goals, and make sure both they and their parents understand the goals and why you’re working toward them.
7. FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH TECHNOLOGY
Online teaching platforms offer a wealth of resources. Spend time learning how to use your platform before the start of the course. Find out if your school or employer offers training sessions or instructional coaching. You may also be the first person a student reaches out to with technical issues. Learn to troubleshoot common problems and make sure you know who to call if you cannot help a student resolve an issue. Familiarizing yourself with the relevant technology will be helpful to both you and your students because the lectures will proceed more smoothly than if you had no prior knowledge about the software and had to spend time learning to use it during the lesson.
8. USE OTHER HELPFUL TOOLS LIKE POLLS, QUIZZES, ANIMATIONS, ETC.
Charts and graphs can easily communicate information to students. Many students may learn better with visual representations of data or key points. Photos and other graphic elements can also help hold students’ attention. Create slide presentations that incorporate these elements. You can send the slides to students after a lecture so they can use them as a study guide as they prepare for exams.
Teaching online allows you to be creative. In addition to recorded lectures and reading assignments, you can use interactive quizzes or games that help students understand the material. Many learning methods suit some students better than others. Try to include a variety of instructional strategies to provide every student the opportunity to succeed.
9. USE HELPFUL WEBSITES
There are a lot of websites on the internet. And as many as there are useless ones, there are useful ones. The web provides an enormous amount of information and learning material, granted you look in the right places. Some of the most popular and useful websites are listed below.
On YouTube, you will find videos of all sorts: entertainment, sports, gaming, and so on. But you can also find countless videos you can use as a resource or a learning technique.
Kahoot! is one of the most popular websites on the internet, offering students an alternative way of learning through a fun customizable quiz.
Blocksi is a content-filtering classroom management system that allows educators to view what their students are doing on their devices during class sessions.
10. DIGITIZE YOUR SYLLABUS
Take your plans and put them online. You’ll have to tweak them a little to use them in a remote setting, but you already have the majority of the content you need. Although the syllabus for in-person learning is vastly different from remote learning, some lessons can be copied over to the digital world. As you get used to this, you’ll develop your own methods. You might find that similarly constructing all your lessons every time makes the whole process more efficient – and gets your students into a routine they recognize.
In conclusion, remote learning is not as effective as its in-person counterpart, but there are still several tips and tricks you can use to make your teaching experience more effective and more manageable. As technology continues to become a major part of education, teachers and students can teach and learn online with less difficulty. We hope we have made your remote teaching experience a lot easier.